A former employee of an Atlanta-area megachurch is suspected of fatally shooting one of the church’s volunteer staff members as the volunteer was leading a prayer service there early this morning (October 24, 2012).
The shooting occurred at Creflo Dollar‘s World Changers Ministry and suspected in the shooting is 52 year old Floyd Palmer, who is currently still on the loose
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The person shot at the church has reportedly died from their wounds.
Details below…According to CNN, the man who died was a volunteer staff member who was leading a prayer service for about 20 people at the church when he was shot.
Investigators believe the gunman was a former church member and facilities maintenance employee, police said.
Police said the victim was 39 years of age, but his name has not been released at this time.
A police spokeswoman said she didn’t know whether the victim was targeted specifically, and she didn’t know whether Palmer knew the victim.
The church does have a morning service, but Fulton County police Cpl. Kay Lester said she didn’t know if the service was in progress at the time of the shooting.
Citing witnesses, authorities said Palmer entered the church calmly, shot the victim, and calmly left the building.
World Changes claims about 30,000 members and it’s church leadership is headed by Dollar, a high-profile preacher of the Prosperity Gospel, whose message in part is that God promised generosity in this life and that believers can claim it.
Creflo Dollar is also known for his support of Bishop Eddie Long during Long’s sex scandal. During that time, members from Long’s church hoping to join World Changers were sent BACK to the Long’s church by Dollar, who stated that Long had just had an “accident” but he had “insurance”…
Prayers go out to the family of the victim. Police are still seeking the shooter…